Ferndale High School, Middle closed Monday due to threat on social media, suspect arrested

Closed building houses administrative office

FERNDALE, Mich. – Ferndale High School will reportedly be closed on Monday due to an anonymous threat made on social media.

Update: Ferndale Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with the social media threat. The police department’s investigation is ongoing. Officials say there will be an increased police presence at the school as a precautionary measure.

Ferndale Schools Superintendent, Bobbie Hayes Goodrum, Ph.D., said in a statement, “To our student body I want to be very clear. Making threats against an individual or our school family, is not only unacceptable, but also a felony in the State of Michigan that is punishable by up to 20 years in jail. If you are considering making a threat on social media, don’t.”

School officials confirmed to Local 4 that the high school will be closed on Monday, Nov. 14, after an anonymous threat against the high school was posted to Instagram.

The closure was, according to officials, out of an abundance of caution, and to give Ferndale police ample time to determine whether the threat is legitimate or not.

The campus also houses Ferndale Middle School and the district’s administrative offices.

Officials say the building is expected to be reopened on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and will resume normal operations.

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